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New law boosts electric car infrastructure

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Electric car charging infrastructure will be rolled out at upgraded motorway service stations after the government passed new laws to boost low-emission vehicle uptake. 

The Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Act will kickstart a “massive” improvement in electric charging infrastructure across the country, government said.

New laws will also make sure that public charging points are compatible with all vehicles and standardise how they are paid for. 

Roads minister Jesse Norman said: “The UK is becoming a world leader in the roll-out of low emission transport. Today we have passed a significant milestone in that journey.

“The increasing automation of our cars is transforming the way we drive, and the government is steadily updating our laws in order to prepare for the future.

“This act will ensure that the UK’s infrastructure and insurance system is ready for the biggest transport revolution in a century.”

The announcement follows the government’s £1.5bn Road to Zero strategy which outlined plans to install charging points in new homes and lampposts in a bid to achieve the target of at least half of new cars classed as ultra-low emission by 2030. 

The new act will also change the autonomous vehicle insurance law so drivers are covered when they are driving and when the driver has handed control to the vehicle.

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